CHDS faculty director Sue J. Goldie’s orientation course, Foundations for Public Health, was offered for the seventh year in Summer, 2021, welcoming students beginning their graduate studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The course introduced students to the fundamental principles framework of population health, health conditions and epidemiological trends, equity and social determinants of health, and responses from the health and non-health sectors.
At the close of the course, Goldie welcomed students to Orientation Week, highlighted key takeaways from the material, and shared advice to support the students in their learning journey. She highlighted the ways in which the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape Harvard as an institution, faculty, and students in many ways. Having an increased understanding of the challenges each group faces will be critical as the Harvard Chan School adapts to today’s ever-changing public health situation.
Foundations for Public Health is supported by both CHDS and the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (Harvard University).